Armenag Yegarian with Jim Chankalian. Both were defenders of Van in 1915. Jim Chankalian was also the leader of the Armenian Americans who joined the Armenian Legion in 1917.
Armenian Diaspora Memory and Innovation collection.
The Defense of Van (1915) was an act of self-defense by the Armenians against the genocide committed by Ottoman Turkey, the Turkish population, the Kurdish people and the German Empire.
The Ottoman army and its military elite were modernized and trained by Germany under Colmar von der Goltz guidance, from 1883 to 1895.
The nucleus of the Armenian Legion or Eastern Legion (1917-1920) was composed of former Musa Dagh resistants.